Tasted in Saint-Vérand with Thibault Girin, 19 February 2021.
Thibault on 2019 & 2020:
“Here in the south of Beaujolais, the parcels that weren’t frosted were hailed a bit later – the hail came quite late but it was followed by plenty of rain which basically washed the bunches, removing the exposed sugars and the dry weather returned so we didn’t have any problems – apart from the resulting 25-27 hl/ha. Fortunately, we had no frost or hail in 2020 but, yet again, it was rather warm; early in the season we thought we easily had 60 hl/ha but the heat shrunk the grapes so it was more like 40 – but a big improvement on 2019…”
A domaine that was a little compromised by the frost & hail – yet their top cuvée is a great one – but patience required!
All the 19s are bottled – the last two done in November:
2019 Beaujolais Blanc Authentique
Bottled in November. With elevage and fermentation in-barrel – all old barrels – 7-10 years-old.
That’s a very attractive nose – almost a apricot tart with a creaminess of oak in support. Energy, direct, a little grain of tannin, long and mineral, not much rigour, mouth-watering. A good white…
2019 Beaujolais Villages Cuvée Seduction Gamay Noir
Beaujolais on the back label.
Plenty of colour. That’s a very nice nose – a vibrancy of darker-red fruit. Supple with plenty of concentration, growing in intensity. Darker-fruited and a little savoury finishing. Good.
2019 Beaujolais Côteaux du Razet Vieilles-Vignes
Again Beaujolais on the back label. Older vines on a hillside – classic fermented, semi-carbonic with whole clusters.
A finer but tighter nose. A width of concentrated flavour but the intensity and energy ensure that there’s nothing dense or heavy here. Very long – a suggestion of the same savoury finish but much less. This is a very good wine.
Over 60-year-old vines – a parcel selection. This bottled, like the white in November – the previous wines were done in March.
Ooh – that’s an impressive nose – dark, complex, certainly a little oak but only bringing a modest support. The oak showing a bit more in the first flavours – but super clarity of dark fruit too. The oak tells me to wait probably three years, but this is a great wine – bravo!